| Gronk given good news after surgery -- Mon May 20 11:10 pm --|
No infection found in troublesome left forearm
|Rob Gronkowski came out of surgery Monday with good news for the New England Patriots. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that he had new plates put into his troublesome left forearm, and doctors have determined the infection in the arm is gone. No further surgery is planned at this time. The team now can turn its focus to Gronkowski's other issue - chronic back pain. Gronkowski recently underwent an MRI to determine the severity of the injury and will see spine specialist Robert Watkins in three to four weeks in California for a consultation, NFL.com's Albert Breer reported. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Patriots hope the back issue can be treated without surgery and the rehab process can be concurrent with the forearm. Gronk isn't in the clear by any stretch, but Monday was a positive development. There's now hope that Gronkowski can be ready for the start of training camp. Although his buy-low window may be closing, fantasy owners may be wise to trade him as he regains his value early in the season. At the very least, owners need to have a backup plan in mind.